If Only I Had Known

July 10, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! This week the Debs are discussing how hindsight is 20/20. “To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, “I wish I had known this some time ago.” ― Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn This last year has been a crazy one in the world of…

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It’s Your Party and You Can Cry if You Want To

June 28, 2017

Look, y’all, there are already enough pressures put upon authors. Don’t heap onto that pile needlessly, okay? I didn’t have a “launch party” per se; I had a hometown reading at my favorite local, independent bookseller the week Caged Eyes released. I kept it simple: One of my fellow Deb Ball rock stars helped me create an image to spread the word on Facebook (Thank you, Jenni!!). Because they were…

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Book People are the Best People

June 8, 2017

This week we’re chatting about our support systems, so I paused for a moment and thought about who I’ve chatted with in the past few days. I texted my two IRL bffs to finalize a date for a summer BBQ. But besides those two lovely ladies, and of course interacting with my family, my week has been mostly bookish encounters. I DM’ed with my mentee from Pitch Wars 2016 as she went…

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Interview with Former Deb Lori Rader-Day + #DebBallGiveaway of THE DAY I DIED

April 8, 2017

It is such a pleasure to welcome back former Debutante Lori Rader-Day!! In honor of the release of her new book THE DAY I DIED, Lori will be our special guest today, giving us the scoop on her latest novel and much more!   THE DAY I DIED is the story of Anna Winger, a handwriting expert hired by corporations and the lovelorn who also occasionally works as a specialist with the FBI….

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The ‘Favorites’ Of Jenni L. Walsh’s Day

March 23, 2017

This week we’re talking about our favorite things. That’s so ambiguous that I literally had a moment where I thought, I don’t know.  So for some structure — I like structure — I figured I’d break down my day to figure out what I like best (besides structure). My favorite way to start the day: When I wake up, refreshed, and realize both my children are still sleeping. This rarely…

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Launch week: Karma Brown Takes Deb Ball Interview + a Giveaway!

August 29, 2015

I’m now a four-day-old published author, and am still in that place where I can’t believe I have a book out in the wild. On the shelf. In readers hands. Wow. The other Debs have tried to tell me what it’s like, the days after publication, but it truly is one of those things you need to experience to understand. I am exhilarated. And a little drained. And slightly obsessed…

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BECAUSE OF YOU–Book (2) Baby due July 2016!

August 12, 2015

My book deal was for two books, so I started writing the second one last September — shortly after a few proposals went back and forth, and a last-minute switcheroo on story idea. So I’ve been living with this next book for nearly a year, though it only recently got its official title — BECAUSE OF YOU — and a publication on-shelf date — June 28th! Here’s the blurb: When…

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Lori Nelson Spielman on SWEET FORGIVENESS, Perseverance, & a Giveaway!

June 27, 2015

One of the most amazing things about joining the wild world of publishing is how much support I’ve received, especially from “been there, done that, have learned some stuff” authors who have kindly shared their time and wisdom. And international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman is at the top of that list — I’m convinced “author cheerleader” is her part-time job 🙂 Along with being a lovely person, Lori is…

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Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

May 20, 2015

When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world Karma Chameleon didn’t help things… I have since come to love my name, and am…

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My name is Karma, and I’m an Extroverted Introvert.

April 8, 2015

We talk a lot about how solitary writing can be. And it is — unless you don’t want it to be, of course. I agree it helps if you’re a writer who likes her own company, because inevitably you will find yourself locked in a room with only your laptop, a cup of old and cold coffee, and hundreds of pages to write or revise…probably more than once.   Before…

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